Preface

The life sciences industry is a huge global venture. It is huge not only in terms of the money and number of people involved but also in its aims, namely to deliver longer and better lives for people worldwide. This is a hugely complex task, full of amazing prospects and serious challenges. It is a world where unbounded creativity is required to work within limits set by all-pervasive constraints. It is a business where uncertain science has to be harnessed to deliver on promises that only the wildest optimist could hope to keep. It can demand huge investment but seems to run mainly on the enthusiasm, drive and idealism of its participants. It can make huge profits yet most of those involved make, at best, a modest living, and would ...

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